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Address: 32146 N Highway 122, Miami, MO 65344-2018
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Van Meter State Park features remnants of the Missouria Indian village that...

Van Meter State Park features remnants of the Missouria Indian village that sat at the Great Bend of the Missouri River, marked on a map by Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet in 1673. A hand-dug earthwork -- Old Fort -- and several burial mounds lie within the park’s boundaries. The state’s Indian history is interpreted in displays and exhibits at the park’s Missouri’s American Indian Cultural Center. For outdoor enthusiasts, the park features hiking trails and an 18-acre fishing lake. The boardwalk that leads visitors through the Oumessourit Natural Area takes them over a freshwater marsh and fens, and through bottomland and upland forests. The park’s lofty trees shade picnic sites, picnic shelters and a campground.

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Pumpkin weekend here we come

I don't make it every year anymore. But my sister and her husband started the tradition when their children were 4. They are now 41. They park is nice and we would hike all over... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2016
Pleasant Valley, Missouri
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Marceline, Missouri
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are a few state parks in north Missouri, but most of those serve as merely picnic stops--no bathrooms, vending machines, or welcome centers. Van Meter State Park is one of those. If you want to stop and have a short picnic and a chance to stretch your legs, it's fine. There are about two picnic tables, but that's about... More 

Thank Robin F
United States
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758 reviews
549 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 663 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Van Meter State Park has some trails that lead to a nice view of the lake; otherwise, not much going on there when we were there.

Thank AAHolt
Pleasant Valley, Missouri
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71 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

I don't make it every year anymore. But my sister and her husband started the tradition when their children were 4. They are now 41. They park is nice and we would hike all over the place. The kids play games and ride their bicycles. Sit around a campfire. The weekend changes and the people get older. But what fun... More 

Thank naidapv
Boonesboro, Missouri
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41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2015

We enjoyed our day at Van Meter and took the kids to see the Indian Mounds, the lake, and went through the museum. They thoroughly enjoyed the displays and learned quite a bit. I wish they had more up to date exhibits, but we can't ask for much with the current funding I guess.

Thank chrisoverly
Kansas City, Missouri
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108 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2014

We were so pleasantly surprised at how lovely this park is. The staff at the visitor center were very helpful and welcoming. The Indian Center is very professionally done and full of interesting information -- great for adults and kids. While we didn't camp here, we did drive through the camp grounds and found them very attractive and inviting. Nice... More 

Thank Linda E
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2014

Hi, we just stayed at this campground and must say on the positive note, the park is well mowed and the lone shower is clean. On the downside, there is no supervision, and a loud party moved in around our site and we were literally surrounded by beer drinking, loud music, and car doors slamming constantly for our last day... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2014 via mobile

This state park camp site is very well maintained. Grass is mowed. The shower house is probably the nicest we have used. Clean showers and bathrooms. Good water pressure and plenty of hot water. The campsite is very handicapped accessible. All the sites are very level and spacious. Some nice scenic trails with river and lake views. Friendly and helpful... More 

Thank cochrans58
Saint Louis, Missouri
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Van Meter is a nice state park located along the Missouri rivver and contains a lot of native american history. We stayed over a holiday weekend at their campground and we were really impressed. The campground was smaller than many of the other state parks which we appreciated. It was quiet and all of their camp sites have nice shade.... More 

Thank GO_young_traveler
Moberly, Missouri
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56 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2014

We went Easter weekend, and tent camped one night, for the first time with our small children. We had a wonderful time! The campsites are very nice, the one we chose was large enough for two or three tents! The site was back from the road and wooded, with a pull-through drive, and behind the wooded area was a marsh.... More 

Thank bookitybee
Ashland, MO
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66 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2013 via mobile

We camped at Van Meter for three nights. It has a small 22 site campground. Nice shower house and playground but the dump station is in Marshall about 10 miles away. The visitors center was also quite nice especially if you have an interest in native Americans. I walked most of the trails; there were several of different lengths and... More 

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